10 Popular Movie & TV Stars With Nigerian Descent

You already know how proud we are of our people if you’re a Nigerian. Yes, we can joke around all we want amongst ourselves, but outside, we also vehemently assert our own. Nigerians are generally recognised for their good, bad, and ugly traits by people all over the world. Let’s, however, just concentrate on the positive. Who are the ten international celebrities whose ancestry is Nigerian that you were unaware of?

Nigerians can be found all over the world because many families from the country have emigrated. Some start at a young age, while others start much later. Because of this, Nigerians are now well-known worldwide.

Here is my ranking of the top 10 international celebrities who are of Nigerian descent.


If you were a serious rap fan in the early 2000s, you should be familiar with Chamillionaire. Hakeem Seriki, his real name, was born in Houston, Texas, on November 28, 1979. The American rapper made the list since his father is a native of Lagos. I am a total sucker for Chamillionaire.

Donald Faison

He was born Donald Faison Adeosun and is an American actor and comedian whose parents are Yoruba immigrants from Nigeria. You may recognise him from his small part in the classic film “Clueless” or from his portrayal of Dr. Chris Turk in the hit ABC drama “Scrubs.” He is, in fact, the actor Olamide Faison’s older brother.


The list of 10 international personalities you didn’t realise were of Nigerian heritage includes Jidenna, the classic man himself. Jidenna is undeniably one of the most stylish celebs out there, and his vibe is contagious.

His name is Jidenna. The rapper, songwriter, and singer Theodore Mobisson. In the year 1985, he was born in the USA. He gained notoriety in 2015 when he released “Classic Man,” which quickly became a hit with the public. We anticipate seeing Jidenna for a very long time.

John Boyega

Many people are familiar with John Boyega from his time in Star Wars, but he is much more than that. such as Half of a yellow sun and Attack the Block. On March 17, 1992, John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega was born. Although he was also born in London, he is not ashamed of his Nigerian heritage.

He is well-known for his many films and is proud of Nigerian traditions and lifestyle. He occasionally travels there as well. We all adore John Boyega and can’t get enough of him, both on and off the screen.

Richard Ayoade

The actor and comedian was probably born in Britain, but because of his Nigerian father, he is one of us. We couldn’t be more proud of this actor and writer who has received numerous accolades for his theatre productions in the UK.


My favourite track to this day from Rotimi is Love Riddim and yeah, from his name you can tell he’s Nigerian. He was born in Maplewood, New Jersey, and as you expect, to Nigerian parents. His mother is Igbo and his father is Yoruba.

Olurotimi Akinosho is his birth name, and he was born in 1988. He enjoys a good deal of popularity both domestically and abroad, not just as a singer but also as an actor. You should watch him in “Deuces” or the well-liked TV programme “power,” where he portrays Andre Coleman. He also travels to Nigeria frequently.


When Wizkid was a featured artist on the popular song Energy, Skepta started to gain recognition among many Nigerians. Many people were happy to learn that he was also Nigerian, and we can’t help but love and claim him as our own because he is one of the best grime rappers the UK has to offer.

The Nigerian native Joseph Junior Adenuga was born in Britain and is from the Nigerian state of Ogun. Do you know that in the year 2018 Skepta was given the chieftain title “Amuludun of Odo-Aje”? You are aware now.

Uzo Aduba

Due to the numerous projects she has been a part of, Uzoamaka Nwanneka Aduba is well-known. She portrays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in one of those, “Orange Is the New Black. She is of Nigerian ancestry, and her name suggests that she is Igbo. She is among the most outstanding actresses of Nigerian descent. Have you seen her in any recent roles?

Although her parents are originally from Nigeria, she was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has also received numerous honours for her performances, including an Emmy in 2015 for outstanding support actress in a drama series. We can’t help but be extremely proud of her because she also won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her outstanding performance as a female actor in a comedy series.


You can’t help but love Wale Wale, and he loves us too, so yay. He was actually born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin to Nigerian parents. He did, however, grow up in the United States.

We recognise Wale and recognise the effort he puts forth. He is without a doubt one of the best rappers working today.


For some reason, many people are unaware that Nas is a Nigerian. Nas was born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones on September 14, 1973. He is a mass appeal associate publisher as well as an investor. His jazz musician father is of Yoruba ancestry. Did you know that Nas was listed as the fifth greatest MC of all time by MTV in 2006? So now you are aware.

Here are 10 International Stars of Nigerian Descent You May Not Know. Which caught you off guard the most?

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